Research Papers on Classic Greek Philosophy

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  • An Analysis of a Case Study Regarding a Life and Death Decision

    This 4 page paper examines a case study from an article titled A Real Life Dilemma involving a decision about whether a man should accept a piece of his son's liver. Aristotle, Socrates and Plato's ideas are discussed. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Drug Law Philosoophy

    A 4 page discussion of the efficiency and benefits of drug laws. This paper explores the contemporary argument that drug laws are not only effective but deleterious in terms of their overall impact to society. The work of Plato, Socrates, and Machiavelli are looked to to support this contention. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Natural Law and How It Developed

    A 3 page paper that begins with a definition of natural law. The writer then explores thoughts on natural law from Socrates, Plato, St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Plato's The Laws Summarized and Analyzed

    This is a 10 page paper summarizing and analyzing Plato’s “The Laws” on a chapter by chapter basis. Philosopher and educator Plato (427-347 B.C.E.) wrote extensively in general philosophy which he believed was the basis for the theory of education and political thought. Plato was greatly influenced by the philosophies of Socrates and in addition was critical about Athenian public life “which he presented as dominated by the rhetorical and poetical uses of language in the formation of policies and attitudes”. “The Laws” (360 B.C.E.) was Plato’s last and most extensive work and it reaffirms many of his arguments from previous works in regards to the practical politics of running a Republic. The central speaker is an “Athenian stranger” who gives “advice on the constitution of a proposed new city”. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • An Aesthetician's Perspective on Art

    A 5 page paper presenting example of aesthetics represented in literature, art, and music. Aestheticians have broadened their collective perspectives over the past century and particularly in the space of the last several decades. Aesthetics seeks to examine art forms not only for beauty, but now also for cultural relevance. The paper discusses Yeats as an example of transition from romance to modernism in literature, Renoir’s origination of the impressionist style of art and why the aesthetician will more readily accept the beauty of Béla Bartók’s music over that of Eminem or Stevie Ray Vaughn. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • “Apology” and “The Passion of Christ”

    A 4 page paper which examines the connections, as they involve literature and not history, between Plato’s “Apology” and Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ.” Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Sports and Music in Book III of Plato's The Republic

    This 4 page paper discusses Plato's Republic, Book Three where it speaks of the Guardians of the state, specifically regarding music and the physical training of students. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Consequences of Morality in The Republic by Plato

    5 pages. This discourse on Plato's republic focuses on the main theme of morality and its consequences, both for individual psychology and the political community. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Justice Concept

    An 8 page paper. Defining justice is a difficult task, at best. It means different things based on one's perspective. It also means different things in different settings. The origin of the concept of justice is one of the topics in this paper and it is traced back to Cephalus. Ancient theories regarding justice through Plato are then discussed. The writer also discusses the concept of social justice as found in the Bible. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Cave Allegory in The Republic by Plato

    A 3 page essay that provides an overview of the Allegory of the Cave in Book VII of Plato's Republic. This paper suggests that Socrates proposed the Allegory as a way of demonstrating the importance of philosophers in demonstrating knowledge and truth.

  • Light, Shadows, and Puppets in Plato's 'Allegory of the Cave'

    4 pages in length. Plato's perspective of his own life and the world around him inspired what is said to be some of the most enduring of all images throughout Republic. Looking at the underlying meanings of puppets, shadows and light finds one contemplating the questionable state of human existence, which is fortified by Plato's impression of mortality. No additional sources cited.

  • Plato’s Cave and Sartre

    A 3 page paper which examines the Allegory of the Cave by Plato and works by Sartre as they relate to inspiration for searching out one’s identity. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The Concept of the “Virtuous Person” in Socratic and Buddhist Tradition

    This 9 page paper considers the concept of the virtuous person in the Buddhist and Socratic traditions, and argues that it seems to be more coherent in the Socratic tradition, because that is the tradition we know in the West. However, the paper also suggests that the Buddhist tradition—which emphasizes compassion—is not inferior, simply different. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Women in Ancient Greece by Sue Blundell

    A paper which looks at Sue Blundell's "Women in Ancient Greece", an important text which draws on numerous contemporary sources in order to build up a comprehensive picture of the life of women of the period, despite the cultural filters of a strictly patriarchal system.

  • Socrates

    A 3 page paper that begins with a short introduction to Socrates where the writer comments on the fact that all we know is second-hand. The essay then illustrates Socrates' method of question using his discussion with Euthyphro about what piety is. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Education, Knowledge, the Human Soul, and Plato's 'Allegory of the Cave'

    A 5 page essay that relates and analyzes the allegory of the cave that Plato relates in Book 7 of his Republic. The purpose of the narrative is to illustrate the effect that education, and specifically knowledge of philosophy, has upon the human soul. Essentially, the allegory of the cave posits that the enlightenment bestowed by philosophical education moves the cognitive powers of the individual from darkness into light, opening up a whole new world in which the individual is prepared to recognize what Plato deems to be the true nature of reality. No additional sources cited.

  • Nature of the Soul and the Theories in Phaedo by Plato

    An in-depth, 9 page examination of Plato's 'Phaedo' and the immortality of the soul. The writer goes into great philosophical detail-- analyzing Plato's recounting of Socrates' theories on life, death, and the nature of the soul itself. Inquiries are made into whether the soul is in touch with eternal reality.. Whether it can have ultimate knowledge, etc;. Specific quotes from Phaedo are cited throughout the essay.


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